Friday, January 11, 2013

Review: *** $ Tarima Monastrell, Alicante, Spain, 2011 = BEST VALUE

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Tarima Monastrell.

By way of background, opening thoughts: Monastrell is a grape name otherwise known as mourvedre, which is often seen in red blends (think GSM), but is less often seen on its own.  This one comes from the Alicante region of Spain and is available at a value price point.  The label shows an intriguing close-up of a passion flower blossom,

Original tasting and review : This is Tarima Monastrell, Alicante, Spain, 2011, finished at 14.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep burgundy, just becomes opaque in the center of the glass.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows fruity, purple candy.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright, sweet and big in a plumy way.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full, dry, sandy fruit in the mid palate, suggests dry prunes plus raspberry tannins.  The overall impression of very fruity plus dry plus sandy is intriguing.  Also carries pleasant notes of creamy red raspberry.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Great value at a "practically free" price.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Tarima Monastrell.

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